Special Panel: “Getting Beyond Racism”

Sep 20 2015 7:00 pm

PCDO General Membership Meeting
Sunday, Sept. 20th, 7pm, in the Suzanne Patterson Senior Center, located behind Monument Hall (Old Borough Hall). 

The concept behind the panel is to initiate dialogue and communication in our town on what has been a difficult topic in the past. We also want to honor the "Black Lives Matter" movement and the tragic events that have led to it. The emphasis in questions given to the panel will be on those that impact the Princeton community and what can be done to find solutions that move the community forward as a whole. 

The panel members will be responding to questions from the moderator, with a question & answer period open to the public at the end. Panelists include:

  1. Rhinold Lamar Ponder, a graduate of Princeton University, is an artist and attorney who runs a Facebook page, “Beyond Black and White,” which has more than 500 members. 
  2. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Princeton, and Board Member for the Coalition for Peace Action/Cease Fire NJ. 
  3. Shirley Satterfield, Former School Guidance Counselor, Historian & Member of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. 
  4. Associate Dean Deborah Blanks, Princeton University Chapel, Dept. of Religious Life (Retired). 
  5. Calvin Reed, Staffer to Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman, who attended Princeton schools. 
  6. Leticia Fraga is Vice-Chair of the Princeton Human Services Commission and Chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Board of the YWCA, and the board of Princeton Community Housing. 
  7. Michele Tuck-Ponder, Moderator, former Mayor of Princeton Township, and co-host of the Reed & Ponder Cable TV program. 


Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. 

PCDO Summer Family Picnic

Jul 19 2015 4:00 pm


Come join us for a day of food, fun and political friendship at the annual PCDO picnic. There will be informal activities/childcare for the kids, sing-alongs led by politico-musicians and the chance to hear from and mingle with our elected officials. PCDO will provide veggie burgers, hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages. We ask that you bring a side, salad or dessert if possible. Come to eat, relax and play. Frisbees, balls, jump ropes, good spirits welcome and encouraged.


 At the Harrison St. Park, with parking on or near Aiken Ave.



House Party for Andrew Zwicker

May 2 2015 4:00 pm

 PCDO Members and Friends,

You are cordially invited

to a house party in support of

Andrew Zwicker
Democratic candidate for Assembly
Saturday, May 2, 4:30 – 6pm
210 Moore Street
at the home of Beth and Jim Healey.


Suggested contribution $25

~larger amounts are gratefully accepted~

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Amanda Davila
at amanda@zwickerforassembly.com or 908-872-3743.


The party is hosted by a group of supporters (in random order)L: Beth & Jim Healey, Jo & Jim Butler, Joanna Dougherty, Liz Lempert, Sheldon Sturges, Patrick Simon & Marc Weiner, Amner Deleon, Jenny & Jon Crumiller, Andrew Koontz & Laurie Harmon, Heather Howard, Scotia W. MacRae & Richard Blofson, Bernie Miller, Nousheen Thakur, Peter Lindenfeld & Mary Clurman, Dan Preston, Lance Liverman, Fern & Larry Spruill,  Mary & Walter Bliss, Jean & Jon Durbin and Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, and Karen Sisti & Peter Wolanin


We hope you can join us!


PCDO membership meeting - The Current Challenges of Immigration Reform

Apr 19 2015 7:15 pm

“The Current Challenges of Immigration Reform” will be the topic of a panel discussion at the April 19 meeting of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization at 7:15 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, behind Monument Hall in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public and free parking is available at the Center.

The panel will discuss the current status of the Obama administration’s immigration policy on undocumented immigrants; the issues facing undocumented immigrants in New Jersey; and the efforts of Princeton to address immigration issues and to welcome immigrants to our community.

Panelists are: Alice Lugo, Immigration Counsel for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey; Tatiana Durbak, Esq., who specializes in Immigration Law; Maria R. Juega, Executive Director of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, located in Trenton; Princeton Councilwoman Heather Howard; and John Heilner, Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, Princeton Human Rights Commission.

PCDO Monthly Membership Meeting: February 22, 7:15 to 9:00 PM

Feb 22 2015 7:15 pm

Join Us for the February Meeting of the

Princeton Community Democratic Organization

Sunday, February 22nd

Suzanne Patterson Center

(behind Monument Hall)

Program Starts Promptly at 7:15 PM


This month’s program features an informative panel discussion on verified voting issues, candidate endorsements for the upcoming Mercer County primary, and a member vote on two resolutions dealing with President Obama’s efforts to end the embargo on Cuba and the ongoing negotiations with Iran regarding their nuclear development program.


"The Quest for Verified Voting in an Age of Hacking:

Is Each Vote Being Counted?"

In a time of rampant computer hacking, data theft and manipulation, our panel will focus on the critical need for voter verified paper ballot elections. The legal, legislative, and technical challenges facing an accurate count of electronic votes will be discussed.

  • Moderator: Stephanie Harris, Member of the Steering Committee, Coalition for Peace Action
  • Professor Andrew Appel, Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Princeton University
  • Irene Goldman, Chair of the Steering Committee, Coalition for Peace Action
  • John McGahren, Partner, Morgan Lewis

A question and answer period will follow short presentations by each panelist.


PCDO Candidate Endorsement Night for

County Candidates

Come greet our Democratic candidates for State and County office, some of whom (or their representatives) will address the meeting.

NJ 16th Legislative District Assembly           Andrew Zwicker

Mercer County Executive                             Brian Hughes

Mercer County Clerk                                    Paula Sollami Covello

Mercer County Freeholder                            Ann Cannon

Mercer County Freeholder                            Pasquale (Pat) Colavita, Jr.

Mercer County Freeholder                            Samuel T. Frisby

All attendees with up-to-date PCDO membership as of February 8, 2015, may participate in the endorsement vote.


Member Votes on Two Resolutions:

Cuba Embargo and Iran Nuclear Negotiations

The following resolutions have been submitted to and endorsed by the PCDO Executive Board and will be presented to the general membership for a vote at our February 22nd general membership meeting. For the resolution section of our bylaws see the PCDO web site: https://www.princetondems.org/html-bylaws (Article VI, Section 8).


1) Resolution on Cuba

WHEREAS a half century of embargoes and attempted isolation of Cuba by the U.S. government have not achieved the stated aims of the policies; and

WHEREAS the Obama Administration’s recent actions to lower barriers with Cuba will benefit the people of Cuba and of the United States; and

WHEREAS leaders of both parties should be supporting the Obama Administration’s initiatives on Cuba for the benefit of the American people and in the interests of promoting peace

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Princeton Community Democratic Organization supports the Obama Administration’s recent efforts to improve relations with the government of Cuba, and urges our elected representatives to support those efforts.


2) Resolution on Iran

WHEREAS recent diplomatic efforts by the Obama Administration to find common ground with the government of Iran have been making progress toward reducing tensions and lowering the risk of nuclear proliferation; and

WHEREAS imposition of additional sanctions by the U.S. government on Iran at this stage would undermine those efforts; and

WHEREAS leaders of both parties should be supporting the Obama Administration’s initiatives on Iran for the benefit of the American people and in the interests of promoting peace

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Princeton Community Democratic Organization supports the Obama Administration’s recent efforts to seek peaceful solutions with the government of Iran, and urges our elected representatives to support those efforts.


This meeting is open to the public. Bring a friend!

Only attendees with up-to-date PCDO membership as of February 8, 2015, may participate in the endorsement and resolution votes.


PCDO Annual Re-organization Meeting and Potluck Dinner

Jan 25 2015 6:00 pm


All PCDO members and friends are cordially invited to join us for our annual leadership election and potluck dinner on Sunday, January 25 at 6:00pm.

At the Suzanne Patterson Center - behind Monument Hall (the former Borough Hall).


Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The PCDO will provide plates and utensils, bread, and beverages. We’ll enjoy each other’s company as we share food and drink and get ready for the year ahead. We'll also thank those who have served us so ably during the past year.


After dinner, conversation, and presentation of the PCDO 2015 annual budget by treasurer David Cohen, we will have the election of the 2015 Executive Board.


Everyone is welcome to attend, but only PCDO members who reside in Princeton and have paid this year's dues by January 11, 2015, will be eligible to vote.


Nominations for the 2015 PCDO Executive Board (statements are attached):


Position                                             2015 Candidate(s)

President                                           Jon Durbin

1st Vice President                            Owen O'Donnell

2nd Vice President                          Amner DeLeon

Treasurer                                           David Cohen

Assistant Treasurer                         Ginger Lennon

Recording Secretary                        Peter Lindenfeld

Corresponding Secretary               Kathleen Cassidy


At-Large (12 spots)

  • Jose Alcantara
  • Kip Cherry
  • Mary Clurman
  • Liz Cohen
  • Joanna Dougherty
  • Jim Floyd
  • Craig Garcia
  • Scotia MacRae
  • Richard Meyer
  • Anne Neumann
  • Sheldon Sturges
  • Nousheen Thakur